Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth – Spoiler Free Review – DNF

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Title: Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
Series Name: Carve the Mark
Genre: YA Fantasy Science Fiction
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 468 (Hardcover)
Publishers: HarperCollins
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In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.


*Images is from Goodreads*

*Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a eGalley of this book in return for a honest review*

I Did not finish this book at 54% so this review will be purely a review of the first half of the book and as to why I did not finish this book.

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I don’t really get this cover. It’s not very appealing and it also just looks like cuts in something and as far as I can tell the ‘carve the mark’ refers to when Akos is carving the marks into Cyra’s arm for the kill she made… So I don’t really get the point of the cuts made into whatever that is on the cover and what I’m assuming is meant to look like gold blood running out of them.. It’s just a little odd.

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So I loved the Divergent series, it is really good and written very well. This book wasn’t written bad, but the pacing was really bad! Everything is dragged out so much and there just isn’t much going on but a lot of writing about that nothing. This was one of the reason I stopped reading.. The pacing just makes it so hard to read. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy books with slow pacing some time but this was just too much and that joined with the plot itself was just not worth continuing.

Another reason this book really annoyed me was the names of characters, things and places. Most of them are sooo hard to pronounce! As I went along I started highlighting on the Kindle App every time I couldn’t pronounce a name. There was 15 in the first half of the book.. I don’t mind 1 or 2 names that I can’t pronounce because you can just look at them and move on with the reading, but because there was sooo many of them it was hard to keep track of who everyone is because I couldn’t keep track of the names. This meant that half the time I was confused and trying to figure out who everyone was. There is a glossary in the back, so why couldn’t a pronunciation guide be thrown in too…

Here is some of the examples of some of the names: Aoseh, Eijeh, Thuvhe, Ylira, Zetsyvis, zivatahak, etc.

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Honestly the plot is just kinda eh. I don’t even know really what is going on and I also don’t really think anything really has happened so far except a certain two people being kidnapped… and what the 2 of them are doing atm with the people who kidnapped them.. Besides that I feel like nothing else has really happened.

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I feel no connection to any of the characters at all. This book is done in Multi POV, following Cyra and Akos. Besides that the name is written at the start of the chapter it is hard to tell the difference between each POV. When Multi POV is done well you can tell by the writing which character is which, but this book there was no difference in writing between the 2 main characters and if I got distracted by something in real life I would have to go back and check who’s POV that chapter was because that was the only way to tell.

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The world itself is interesting and if everything else was done well then this could have been a really good book. But as it stands this isn’t a book I’m going to continue. I was at a point that I was forcing myself to read a bit of it and then falling asleep a couple chapters in. I was getting nowhere quick with this book.

So overall the pacing is bad, the names are so hard to pronounce, the plot so far is just dull and the Multi POV isn’t done well. This is not a good representation of Veronica Roths writing! Go read Divergent!!

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Discussion Friday

Discussion Friday – Cover Buys

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Well HAPPY EASTER everyone! I don’t know what day you’re actually mean to say that as their is damn 4 days of Easter, 3 with names and it’s confusing. But anyway, here is my second Discussion Friday post! If you saw my post on Sunday, I think, I explained why I missed last weeks Discussion Friday, but if you didn’t see it… I was at the pub drinking, didn’t get home till 3 in the morning and that was not happening after 3am, so I missed a week, oh well, moving on!

Now onto the discussion! I want to break this kinda into sections so it’s not just a tonne of paragraphs all over the place..

Have I Purchased Any Books ONLY Because Of The Cover?

Yes, yes I have. It happens occasionally. I have 2 books on my TBR shelves that are Cover Buys and they are Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon & These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. So two isn’t that bad and they are both books that I think I might read eventually, probably more likely These Broken Stars as I’m mainly a Sci-Fi & Fantasy reader. That probably sounds bad because I know that Everything, Everything is meant to be really good and it’s diverse, but I don’t really read diverse books, purely because I don’t enjoy contemporary as much as fantasy and there is a limited amount of diverse characters in fantasy books. But if you have suggestions of diverse fantasy, please share them in the comments!

Why I don’t generally ONLY cover buy

So I usually have pretty good control of myself when it comes to book buying. This is partially, well actually mainly because I can’t afford to be wasting money on books that are just going to sit on my shelves and never get read! Sorry but I aint that rich! So I usually control myself. I never go to bookstores either, so that helps. I wish I could go to book stores but I live 3 hours from the nearest decent one and it’s also alot dearer than Book Depository! So I don’t have the impulse to buy books that I see are beautiful sitting on the shelf, because I don’t shop in book stores and looking at books on Book Depository doesn’t have the same effect.

Why I think cover buying is fine, if done right

So, no I will never think only cover buys are okay, meaning books that you pick up and think ‘hey this is pretty, but I don’t know anything about it, it’s a genre I don’t read? Oh well it’s beautiful’ and put it in your basket. That’s just not smart, if you have more money than me, by all means waste it on books that will sit on your shelf for years and never be touched. But I’m not about that life.

How I Cover Buy

What I mean by done right, is I think the way you go about buying books that you didn’t just go onto book depository or into the book store specifically looking for. So, if I am in a book store or browsing through book depository and I see a beautiful book, the first thing I do is look at the genre. In bookstores that easy because its usually labelled what section you’re in, on BD I just jump on Goodreads and search it. If it is a YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi, then I may just purchase it, as I enjoy going into books knowing bare minimum if I can help it. I don’t always reads synopsis for that reason.

However if I’m still hesitant then I will check on Goodreads to see if any of my Goodreads friends have read it and look at their rating or want to read it. If Goodreads friends I know I have similar tastes to either want to or have read it and rated it 4 or 5 stars then I will probably pick it up.

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This is a section of  my ‘friend reviews’ for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

If it isn’t an as well known book and my friends don’t have any ratings or very few then I might look at the synopsis on goodreads, I don’t always do this as like I said I like going into a book knowing nothing, but if the cover really has me curious and my other methods don’t work then I will read the synopsis and see what it’s about and then I will decide to either pick it up or leave it.

Why Covers Are Important To Look At

So (I really need more words besides ‘so’ to start paragraphs, oh well), the way I see it, book covers are like movie trailers. They are the first thing you see about a new movie and covers are the first thing you see about a book. They are advertisements that are meant to draw you over to that shelf in the book store and make you want to pick that one up. That is just how it is.

Yes I know “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but you kinda have to when it comes to books you’re not familiar with. You do it without even noticing it. You walk into a bookstore and go into the section for your fave genre and there is a book sitting there with just a grey background colour and the name of the author and title on the front in white and next to it is a gorgeous bright blue coloured book with colourful feathers on it. Which are you going to pick up? The dull one or the beautiful one, of course, most people will pick up the beautiful one and read the blurb from there. That’s how it works. I know that book sitting next to the pretty one could be an amazing book that you would love, but humans are visual things and we can’t help when pretty things draw our attention, it’s human nature.

Of course their is times when you shop for books and the covers aren’t important to you, like if you’re searching for a specific book that you think you’ll enjoy, even if it has a ugly cover in your opinion, you pick that up. But when it comes to books you aren’t familiar with, it is going to happen.

Yes, cover shopping is okay

I think there should be a new term, ‘cover shop’. When you are shopping and you look at books that appeal to you but you assure they are something you will enjoy before actually making the purchase. I’m okay with cover shopping.

So, yes people are going to cover shop, but as long as you are smart enough to make sure it is something you will actually read before choosing to buy it, then you’re fine. If not your thing then just have another look at that beautiful cover  and walk away.

Discussion time

Do you cover shop or cover buy?
How do you decide to purchase a new book that you weren’t familiar with prior?
What cover buys have you made?
What cover shopping books have you chosen to purchase and turned out to be amazing books?

Also let me know any topics I should discuss!

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Discussion Friday

Discussion Friday – Book Tropes & Trends

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So, this is my first discussion post! YAY! This one is going to be a fairly well talked about topic just to get me going on the first one! So today I will be discussing a couple book tropes & trends that I like to read, that I don’t mind or just hate. Please feel free to comment and discuss anything, even if your views are not the same as mine!

Missing/Dead/Unknown Parents

So this one is one of those that I don’t mind. It seems like A LOT of books now have included this trope! To some degree yes it is getting a little bit ridiculous, but at the same time it really doesn’t worry me that much! I find that most characters draw strength from the fact that they have lost their parents and use that to become badass protagonists such as Harry Potter!

The ones that do kinda annoy me are the ones where the protagonist doesn’t know who, most of the time, their father is. That part itself is fine, but every time this is the case the mother knows who it is or lies about who it is. It’s not okay to lie to your kids or keep things like that form them, I get that its always to ‘protect them’ but in natural fact if you tell them and be there for them, then they will get through it and move on with their lives! Yes the world is shitty, but accepting that early is better than pretending everything is fabulous all of the time and then when they get to the point of living away from the mother and they realise life is shit and they spiral down hill because they can’t handle it because everything has been sugar coated for them their whole life! (Hope that makes sense!)
Another thing to do with the unknown father thing is I can guarantee that half way through the book/series the protagonist will find out or be given the chance/option to find out who their father is and every time the character says they have survived this long without them and they don’t need to know! Well guess what in about 2 chapters they have changed their mind! Just because you are portraying a strong character that doesn’t mean they have to always show that face, they can want straight away to find out who their father is, we aren’t going to think less of them! This isn’t the case all of the time, but a majority of the time it is.

Let me just give you an example of how often this trope occurs I’m going to go back through the last few books I have read and whether this trope occurs. I won’t say the names of the books and I don’t want unexpected spoilers. 

Dead mother – unknown father
Parents Killed
Arsehole father – mother to scared to do anything

That’s just the last 5 books/series I have read! 

Multi POV

I don’t know if this is really a trend or trope but I feel like more and more books are using this. And I love it!I like that you can see a lot more of whats going on, not just what the main character is seeing. I also like that it allows you to understand characters better, instead of just seeing other characters from the POV of the main character you can get in their head as well and learn about them and connect with them more than you would normally.

The only thing that annoys me about Multi POV is that some authors don’t put at the top of the chapter whose POV we are now seeing from. This is okay if the writing is done well and you can tell straight away whose head you are in, but when it’s not done well you can be sitting their for 1/4 of a chapter trying to figure out whose POV it is! That there drives me wild! I’m okay if  Multi POV, but just to save confusion, put the name at the start of the chapter! It may make sense to the author when writing it but that doesn’t necessarily translate to the reader as well. 

Love Triangles

No, just fucking no! In my opinion if you actually love the first guy you would not have fallen for the second guy! Don’t lead people on, just sit down and figure out what you want! I hate this shit. That is all! 

Well that is all for now, I feel like this is a topic I could continue on another blog post in time, so I will probably do that soon when I think of some more I want to discuss! 

How did I go on my first discussion post?!

What are some tropes or trends you like or dislike? How do you feel about the ones I talked about? Any suggestions for topics I can discuss in coming weeks?

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